What is Urethral Sounding
Urethral sounding involves inserting a toy into the urethra — the tube that drains urine out of the bladder.
This practice actually started as a medical procedure to clear obstructions from the urethra.
And when done safely and properly, it can be a satisfying form of sexual play.
Intrigued? Read on to learn more about why it’s done, what objects are used, and (most importantly) how to do it safely.
Why do people do it?
The genitals are dense with nerves.
A sounding toy can also directly stimulate the prostate if it’s inserted deeply enough.
And it’s taboo! Sounding can be exciting purely because it’s new and different to you, as well as somewhat risky and non-traditional.
Are there any benefits?
There aren’t any health benefits to sounding itself, per se.
But sounding could provide sexual fulfillment, which may help you feel happier and even less anxious or depressed about your sex life.
And if you connect with other practitioners through online forums or workshops, you may find that being a part of a community can have a positive impact on your practice and overall sense of self.
How Does Urethral Sounding Feel?
Whether it feels good or not is entirely subjective.
Your sexual tastes, sensitivity to pain, and openness to experiencing it can all affect how it feels for you.
It may feel strange at first, like you have to pee or that something’s scraping the inside of your urethra.
But once you learn what toys and techniques work for you, it may feel increasingly pleasurable.
Is it safe?
Yes! But only if you do it properly.
- sterilizing toys before sounding
- finding the right-sized toy for you (not too thick or thin)
- doing it slowly and gently
- seeking medical help if necessary for injury or toys that get stuck
Will the urethra stay stretched out?
The size of your urethra won’t be affected if you only practice sounding every once in a while.
But if you practice regularly — think weekly — and use increasingly larger or more textured toys, your urethra may begin to stretch out. For some, this is part of the fun!
If you plan to do this, take your time and be careful not to stretch it to the point that it hurts or causes other discomfort.
Will it affect how you urinate?
Safe sounding has no long-term effects on how you urinate.
It may sting when you pee after a sounding session, but this is usually temporary.
The only real risks come from injury from using toys that are too big or being too rough when the toy’s inserted.
Are there any risks to consider?
There are a few major risks to consider before trying this practice out:
- urinary tract infections (UTIs) from bacteria on your toy getting into small cuts inside your urethra
- tissue damage from being too rough or using an instrument with abrasive textures
- toy getting stuck if it goes too deep in the urethra or you don’t use enough lube
Is there anyone who shouldn’t try it?
You shouldn’t try sounding if you have:
- any abnormal discharge coming out of your urethra
- an active outbreak of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as herpes or gonorrhea
- a history of frequent UTIs
- a history of injury to the urethra
- a prostate condition like prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or prostate cancer
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What objects are used?
Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re choosing a toy.
The most common types are:
- plugs, which only go an inch or so into your urethra and may have a ball or hoop around them
- sounders, which are long, thin, and cylinder-shaped to go deeper into your urethra
- catheters, which are used in medical procedures and designed to go into your urethra
Most plugs or sounders are made of:
- surgical-grade stainless steel or titanium
Titanium sounders are easier to insert and heavy enough to slide in on their own, but are inflexible.
Silicone sounders are flexible and softer, but may be hard to slide in because of their textured surface.
Sounders range anywhere from half an inch to as long as you can imagine, up to about a foot in length or sometimes more.
The most common length is between 3 and 6 inches.
Girth is measured in millimeters. Choose a small one if you’re just starting out, and gradually increase the size by small increments.
Most sounders are long and thin. Some are completely straight. Others curve slightly or have bulges in the middle or at the ends.
If you have a penis, some can wrap around your glans like a hoop with a ball attached that goes into the urethral opening.
There’s a wide variety of textures, including:
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How To Insert A Urethral Sound
Here’s our step-by-step guide to sounding safely.
Sterilize toys in boiling water or a betadine solution before you use them.
Use gentle, unscented soap and warm water to wash your hands and your outer genital areas.
- Get comfortable! Stand, sit, lie down, or whatever you like.
- Apply a lot of lube near the urethral opening and to your toy. Use a water-based, chemical-free lube.
- If you have a vulva, spread your labia and keep them apart so that you have easier access to the urethral opening.
- If you have a penis, get partially erect. Being fully erect can make the urethral opening tighter or make the penis too sensitive for insertion.
- Use one hand to gently spread the urethral opening and the other hand to guide the toy in.
- Go slowly! Don’t force it in if you feel pressure or rush the toy through the urethra. Some heavy toys, like steel or titanium plugs, slide in on their own.
- Shake your genital or pelvic area gently if it stops moving to help move it along.
- Don’t force it in if it’s not going in as far as you want it to. Gently remove it and add more lube to the toy and your genital area. You may also want to try a smaller or thinner toy.
After you feel comfortable with how far it’s in, try moving it a few directions to see what feels best and what nerve endings you can stimulate. Try to gently pull it in and out, too.
You can also gently massage your genital area to add some extra pleasure. And of course, you or a partner can put lips on the sounding device and hum to vibrate the inside of the urethra.
Removal and clean-up
Once you’re done:
- Gently and slowly remove the toy from your urethra. Take your time! Stop or go slower if it feels painful or uncomfortable. Add more lube near your urethral opening if you need to.
- Pee right away to remove any bacteria or lube in your urethra. It’s normal for it to sting or burn a little bit for a day or two afterward.
- Again, wash everything, including your hands, your genital area, and the toy you used.
What precautions can you take?
Urethral sounding is a safe practice as long as you take the proper precautions.
There are a lot of muscles in the urethra meant to help push pee out of the bladder. You won’t be able to get the instrument in the urethra without a lot of lube to help the instrument glide in and out.
Don’t use a lube with a numbing agent. This could decrease both the pain and pleasure you feel, which can be dangerous — feeling discomfort is the only way you’ll know to stop or adjust what you’re doing.
Pull the toy out and stop right away if you notice:
- cold sensation around the genitals or throughout your body
- unusual changes in the color of your genital area, such as becoming pale or bluish
- unusual discharge
What if you can’t get the object out?
Here are some tips to help remove a toy that may have gotten stuck or gone too deep:
- Stay calm and focus on what you’re doing.
- Try to relax your genital muscles. This will help loosen the urethral muscles and make the toy more likely to slip out.
- Try to feel for the toy from the skin above. Then, try to push the toy out by gently squeezing the tissues around where the toy entered.
- Sit in warm water to make your skin more flexible and expand the urethra.
- If a warm bath doesn’t work, spread some lube around the urethral opening and try to drip some down into your urethra. This can make it easier to slip the toy out.
- Not coming out? Get to urgent care or an emergency room right away. Keep your genital area as still as possible to prevent any sudden or abrupt movement that could injure your urethra.
- Be honest and direct with your medical provider. It’s okay to feel embarrassed, but don’t leave any details out when you’re speaking with a nurse or doctor. They need to know what kind of tool you used and how it got stuck there so that they can provide the most effective treatment. Learn more about urethral sounding complications here.
The bottom line
Sounding can be a fun way to switch up your sex life.
But it’s not for everybody, and it needs to be done with the consent of everyone involved.
Make sure you take the proper precautions, choose the right toy for you, and experiment until you find the technique that you like best.
One Man’s Opinion About Sounding Rods
Story About Urethral Sounding
I like to write edgy gay male stories, but I’d never even heard of the act of sounding before. I looked the term up and was both intrigued and shocked, wanting to include urethral sounding by one man of another in a story but having no context I could put it in.
I usually write from experienced emotions, and I didn’t think I could do justice to the sounding experience in a story without having had the experience myself. I mentioned that to my steady male lover at the time, a university exchange student from Lebanon, who had been sent from Beirut by an old lover specifically for me to mentor at the local university in exchange for regular, dominating sex. To my surprise, Samir (I’ll call him Samir, not the least because that was his name) said he had been sounded back in Lebanon and knew of a tattoo artist in this university town who did soundings.
I left it at that for a couple of weeks, afraid to pursue the issue, but my muse increasingly pressed me to write about sounding. I had been challenged to do so. The tattoo artist had rooms above his shop. He was a wiry, bald, but hard-muscled guy, probably in his late thirties, who was a walking billboard for his craft. I normally would not have chosen someone like him to have sex with, but he had something I wanted to acquire, and there Samir was, egging me on. He seemed as excited for me to have the experience as I was to learn of such a strange experience.
The tattoo artist told me that the key to sounding was that I remain absolutely still through the experience so that no internal damage was done—that after my urethra canal, running down my shaft, toughened to the experience through multiple use with wands—rods—of increasing thickness, the worry of damage would lessen. I was trembling. I had no plans at that point to have more than the one experience—and with the thinnest wand possible—so that I could write about it.
Seeing that I already was trembling at the mere idea of it, the tattoo artist said that the best position for me would be sitting on his cock in his lap, with my extremities immobilized. I told him I was worried about giving up full control, and his answer was that that was the whole point of one man sounding another. I would have to be submissive to his every command. And, as preparation, he would need to fuck me first and take full control of me. That I would have to be completely submissive to him; if I couldn’t fully submit to him, he wouldn’t provide the experience.
With Samir watching, I let the man bend me over his bed and fuck me from behind. As he did that, he gave me commands of positions to take and responses to make with my hands and channel muscles. He commanded that I hold the urge to ejaculate, and I did so, with difficulty. When he was satisfied that I would follow commands immediately, he showed me the sounding rods, saying he would use no more than two of the smallest ones on me in this first experience. Then he explained what he was going to do with them, in detail.
I almost backed out at that point, but Samir was giving me encouraging looks, and I didn’t want to disappoint Samir, who had set this up at my request. Once again the tattoo artist said I’d have to remain completely still, but that I didn’t have to hold off ejaculation. I could let it flow; I would just have to combat the urge to jerk while I did it if a wand was inside the canal.
He said that if I waited for the wand to be extracted, though, the experience of ejaculation during the extraction would be explosive and I could jerk freely—and probably would want to. When we had both cooled off, he sat in a straight chair, commanded me to kneel between his legs and service his cock with my mouth, which I did, and to roll the condom on him when he was hard and spray his cock and my channel with lubricant again, which I did. Then he pulled me onto his lap and cock, facing away from him. He worked his knees between my thighs and forced my legs wide apart, immobilizing them. He had Samir pull my arms around to his back and handcuff them, immobilizing them as well. He lifted and lowered my channel on his hard shaft until he was satisfied that he was in complete control of me. I had gone hard in the process.
He then had to repeatedly tell me to relax, hold still, and breathe naturally as, holding the bulb of my now-hard cock erect between two fingers of one hand and squeezing it to open my piss slit, he slowly pushed the silver sounding wand with a slight bulge at the end into my urethra canal and fed it down in a slight curve into the narrow canal. As he did so, I could feel his cock throbbing inside me, and I could tell that he was as keyed up as I was. He kept murmuring encouragement in my ear as I laid my head back in the hollow of his shoulder and whimpered at the feel of the hard steel penetrating down the length of my shaft, telling me how nice my cock was and how well I was doing. At length he told me the wand was in four inches, that he was going to twirl it a bit to give provide me the sensation of that and then extract it and replace it with a thicker one. And then that he was going to fuck my cock with the thicker one.
I gasped as he slowly pulled the rod out and almost ejaculated then. I trembled almost uncontrollably as the larger wand entered the canal and he stopped and murmured to me to relax, hold still, and breathe naturally. He was hard as a rock inside me, and I was concentrating as much on his cock inside me as on the wand. He was breathing heavily now, as much into the experience as I was.
He told me that the thicker wand was in deeper than the first one had been, but he didn’t say how much deeper. He said then that he was going to start fucking the channel with it and that, although I could flow with the wand in, perhaps I’d want to warn him when I was about to come and he’d pull the wand out. He said the ejaculation I experienced from sounding would be like no other and that it might be best, especially the first time, if the wand was out, because I’d probably want to jerk and shudder as I spouted. He began moving the wand up and down, slowly, in the canal, and it did feel very much like fucking. He twirled it. Emitting little gasps and working hard to maintain control of myself, while lost in the new sexual sensations I was feeling, I felt myself ready to blow, and told him I was about to. He extracted the wand as I shot out onto the carpet, now free to shudder almost uncontrollably—and doing so. He was right. The ejaculation was extraordinary. I felt my whole body collapse into itself and go weak and trembly like a bowl of Jell-O.
Telling me how good I’d been, he stood, bringing me up with him, took two steps to the side of the bed, bent me over the bed again, and fucked me to his ejaculation. Afterward he put his mouth to my ear and whispered to me that he wanted me to come back to him for more. It didn’t sound so much a request as it did a command, though, which frightened me.
It particularly frightened me because I could see where this fetish could become an obsession. And I didn’t want it to become that with me.
I admit that I did go back to him a couple of times, enjoying the experience each time with progressively thicker wands, and wanting that special ejaculation, but I eventually stopped it as having been something to experience but not to practice regularly—afraid more of the emotional and mental control aspects of it than of the physical act. Fundamentally, I didn’t want the tattoo artist to control me, and he would do so as long as I came back to him—and I would likely sink deeper and deeper into his control the longer I let him dominate me this way. The man who had initiated me into male-male sex had controlled me totally and used me mercilessly, and I didn’t want to give up that much control ever again.
After the third and last session with the tattoo artist, I did let Samir, who dominated me and who I totally trusted, sound me a few times himself, and I felt a closer connection with him when he did it than I’d felt with the tattoo artist. With Samir, the familiarity and trust level permitted us to come almost simultaneously. Also, Samir continued practicing this on himself in my presence before we fucked, increasingly so when he knew I was aware of the practice, and it was arousing to me to watch him work himself with the sounds.
During that first session, the tattoo artist offered to sound Samir, who was willing, so that I could watch the effect on someone more experienced and able to take thicker wands longer and deeper. And from those experiences, I felt able to write stories about sounding.
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